Gout is a painful form of arthritis which primarily affects the feet and toes. When it worsens, it affects other parts of the body including the ankles, knees, hands, fingers, and elbows. Gout is a result of excessive levels of uric acid in the body. Excess uric acid can develop in the body due to a state known as acidosis. Acidosis is a state where the body’s pH becomes too acidic. Symptoms of gout include swelling and redness of joints, severe joint pains, and even fever.
Gout can be treated in a number of ways. Two of the known treatments for gout are lemon juice and baking soda. Either taken or used individually or together, lemon juice and baking soda prove to be excellent remedies for gout. Let’s get to know how they work.
Lemons are rich in many food nutrients including citric acid. Lemons are oval in shape and light yellow in color. When ripe, it produces abundant lemon juice and has pale yellow pulp. Lemons are widely used as medicine because they contain citric acid and Vitamin C.
There are a lot of health benefits from lemon juice. Lemon juice can treat oral diseases because of its Vitamin C content which is good for the gums and teeth. It is also used to treat throat and digestive disorders. Lemon juice stimulates the flow of saliva and gastric juice and is regarded as an excellent digestive agent. It destroys intestinal worms and eliminates the gases formed in the digestive tract. Lemon juice also has an alkaline reaction to the body which is good for gout and other forms of arthritis since these are caused by too much acid in the body. It is also proven effective for colds, fever, circulatory disorders, and cholera.
Here are some tips in preparing lemon juice:
- Before juicing the lemons, store them under room temperature. Lemons stored in room temperature produce more juice than frozen ones.
- Microwaving the lemon before juicing is good as it can yield more juice, but make sure not to overdo it.
Baking Soda is a highly alkaline mixture which is good in reducing the uric acid level in the body which causes gout. Baking soda can raise the pH level and alleviate gout symptoms and even eliminate the risks of gout attacks. This kind of remedy is cheap and easy to prepare. Use a half teaspoon filled with baking soda with eight ounces of water. Make sure it dissolves properly and completely in water. This is taken four times a day, which includes once before bedtime. The body is said to be more acidic at night that’s why gout attacks usually happen during night time.
Using this gout treatment should be taken carefully and with doctor’s prescription. People with heart, kidney, and liver diseases should not try this kind of treatment.
Lemon Juice and Baking Soda Mixture
Mixing lemon juice and baking soda creates a perfect pH of 7, keeping the acid neutral in the body. This mixture may stop gout attacks immediately. Pour 2 tbsp. lemon juice in a glass with 1/2 tsp. baking soda. It is important to have the correct mixture for best results.